Soapstone Lover’s Heart 8″ Black
Two lovers come together as one heart shaped sculpture. This sculpture stands 8″ tall. It is hand made in Kenya from Kisii soapstone and dyed a rich black. To keep your piece shining, try to reduce the amount of direct sunlight and polish it occasionally with a wax based polish.
This is a wonderful wedding, valentine, holiday gift for your heart’s love.
Soapstone is mined from great pits in the area surrounding Kiisi, Kenya. The mined soapstone is then delivered to carvers who carve sculptures from the natural stone for the wholesale market, the color of which ranges from cream, to pink, to brown, to yellow, to black, to a marbling of all of them. Once carved, finish craftspeople smooth rough edges of the soapstone with sandpaper dipped in water, dye, paint or leave natural then polish the piece to a high gloss or paint African motifs in brilliant colors with etched accents.
This piece was made by SMOLArt a group of artists who live in the rural village of Tabaka, Kenya, the heart of soapstone crafts. The name, a shortened version of Small, Medium, and Large Artists, refers to the size of the soapstone products the artisans make, not their stature. Established in 1990, SMOLArt is a member of the WFTO, and as such assures that the artisans are paid a fair price for their work. In addition, the organization supports community development by contributing to projects that improve living conditions, education, and health of their members and the village at large.
This piece is handmade and there may be slight variations from the image in the final product.